Sermon Snap Shot November 27, 2016

Sermon Snap Shot November 27, 2016

When the text if fully justified, it means that everything is nicely lined up. And this is what God’s justice looks like too. Things are lined up properly. Everything is how it is supposed to be. It’s right. It’s all is in sync with God’s desires, God’s plan.

And when things are properly lined up, we call that justice. And when things are not lined up properly, we call that injustice.

For the Israelites, they yearned for a justice whereby God would set things right. Not only would they be restored to the promised land, but, more importantly, God and God’s law would be restored to their proper place within the life of Israel. 

In many if not most respects, their yearning for justice – their yearning for things to be set right – is similar to the yearnings that we feel living nearly 30 centuries later. For example…

When I see people being bullied or persecuted or judged because of their skin color or accent or beliefs or even who they choose to love…I think to myself, that’s not right.
When I see business people taking advantage of tax or labor laws to benefit themselves to the detriment of their employees or customers…I think to myself, that’s not right.
When I see those with vast resources living side by side with those in poverty…I think to myself, that’s not right.
When I see people use their power or status to benefit themselves, their family or their friends rather than those without a voice or without status…I think to myself, that’s not right.
When I see religious leaders use guilt or eternal judgment to persuade people to do what they want them to do…I think to myself, that’s not right.
When I think of much of our country’s history with respect to our Native Peoples, our African American community and our treatment of immigrants…I think to myself, that’s not right.

For me, the list goes on and on. What about you? What do you see that’s not right?

From yesterday’s message based on Isaiah 42:1-9, “Love Came Down…to Bring Justice”
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC
 

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